The Power of Gratitude

by Daniel Ngari on January 31, 2009

Employ the power of gratitude to turbo charge yourself to success. The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. People will do more if they feel appreciated. People will do less if they are criticized. You can use these fundamental aspects of human nature to immensely succeed in life. Be thankful for who you are and the people around you. Be less critical of yourself and others. Count your blessings one by one and watch them multiply.

Extended Grace

Every morning when I wake up I thank God for the gift of life. Growing up we always said “grace” before meals. In the prayer we would thank God for providing us with food, life, comfort etc. Later in life I tried extending “grace” to cover more aspects of my life; from health to relationships; from family to finances etc. It is not always automatic so I have to constantly remind myself to be thankful for what I have. Sometimes I get caught up with life and forget to be thankful for what I have. But real progress and happiness only happens when I am sincerely grateful for what I have.

The Attractor Factor

Think of yourself as a magnet. Whatever you think about you attract to your life. If you purposefully focus on all the good things that have happened in your life, you will get more of that. If you are married, be thankful for the husband or wife that you have. Keep focusing on the things you appreciate about your partner and are genuinely grateful for. You will notice that that will become a self fulfilling prophesy. You will get more of what you are grateful for.

Being grateful for what you have does not mean settling for less. You still have to work hard and aim high. But forgive yourself for mistakes and be grateful for the chance to learn from them. Recognize your progress towards your goals and be grateful. Being grateful helps you attract the very best to your life.

Gratitude is not the same as Indebtedness

According to Wikipedia, gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid. The emotions lead to different actions; indebtedness motivates the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them, whereas gratitude motivates the recipient to seek out their benefactor and to improve their relationship with them.

Below are some inspiring quotes to do with gratitude:

  • Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. Buddha
  • Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust
  • Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. Margaret Cousins
  • The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard

The power of gratitude extends to all spheres of life. If you run a business, be thankful for having a business, for the customers that you have, for the ideas that you have, for the profits that you have made or can make. Instead of constantly chasing what you don’t have, be thankful of what you have. Treat your customers with care and gratitude. They will notice and tell their friends about you.

I am very grateful for the few readers and active commenters that I have on this blog. Thank you very much people. I really appreciate you being here, your visits propel me to write more. It would be lonely on this blog without your support. Thank you.

P/s – I happened to find a gratitude song that I used to love back in the days! Enjoy the video.

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{ 9 comments }

Alice October 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I am thankful that I stumbled upon this blog yesterday, its been so inspiring and i am at loss of words to describe how life changing and positive this blog is. Keep up the good work and thank you.

Joy May 18, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. Thanks Daniel, for your words of wisdom.

Anne February 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Thank you Daniel for this article. Being thankful is not easy especially when things are hard but we will always find something to be thankful for if we think hard enough.

Mumbi February 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I often visit your blogs but rarely comment, reading this article has given me the inspiration to be grateful. Thank you Daniel, wish you the very best as you keep inspiring the world with your daily articles

Mutuma Timothy February 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Sometimes as africans and especially men, we have not been brought up in an environment where “thanks yous” were the order of the day. As you put it, everybody likes to be appreciated atleast through a word of mouth or not. Daniel, thank you man for this blog and for all respondents a big thank you.

ERICAH KIPTOO February 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Thank you Daniel,
You script is touching ,educative as well as mortivating. Personally i believe in positive thinking,hard work,persistence and planning for future.
Sometimes i wonder why i think and plan for the future rather present?
Dan i appreciate you may God continue blessing you with knowlege.I call it DISCERNMENT

paula February 1, 2009 at 8:27 am

Dan you are inimitable manzee! I learnt to say thank you sometime back. Today i recieved news that I lost one of my friends…and I must say it’s very difficult so say thank you all the time.
Some times it does not make sense,like today for me
I don’t have to have all the pieces held together in order to figure it out, but I am greatful…. even for this post today when I feel lost and all alone…
Thank you for giving yourself to help us.

Nyomi January 31, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Thank you Daniel for inspiring and empowering us to achieve our goals.

I’ve been counting my blessings at least once a day for a while now. It helps me more thoroughly appreciate what I have, cheers me up a bit when I’m feeling down and more. I recommend it.

Cheers,
Nyomi

P.S. Great quotes :o )

Peter Nduati January 31, 2009 at 5:41 pm

wise words…didn’t know you were such a deep thinker!

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